BERNARD LABADIE has established himself worldwide as one of the leading conductors of the Baroque and Classical repertoire, a reputation that is closely tied into his work with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, both of which he founded and continues to lead as music director. With these two ensembles he regularly tours Canada, the U.S., and Europe, in major venues and festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Kennedy Center, The Barbican, The Concertgebouw, and the Salzburg Festival, among others.
Ever since his triumphant debut with the Minnesota Orchestra in 1999, Labadie has become a regular presence on the podiums of the major North American orchestras, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Handel & Haydn Society, the Houston Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, among others.
International engagements in past seasons have brought Labadie to conduct the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the BBC Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of the Collegium Vocale Ghent, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Swedish Chamber Orchestra, the WDR Sinfonieorchester (Cologne), and the Zurich Chamber Orchestra.
On the opera podium, Maestro Labadie has served tenures as artistic director of L’Opéra de Québec and L’Opéra de Montréal. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut during the 2009/10 season with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, a work that he also led at the Cincinnati Opera in 2011 and with which he will make his long-awaited debut with the Candian Opera Company in 2017. Other operatic highlights include Handel’s Orlando with Glimmerglass Opera, Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Mostly Mozart Festival, and Mozart’s Lucio Silla with Santa Fe Opera. Recently he performed Handel’s Theodora and Handel’s Samson in concert form to huge critical acclaim.
Bernard Labadie’s extensive discography includes many critically acclaimed recordings on the Dorian, ATMA, and Virgin Classics labels, including Handel’s Apollo e Dafne and a collaborative recording of Mozart’s Requiem with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec, both of which received Canada’s Juno Award. His other recordings include C.P.E. Bach’s complete cello concertos with Truls Mørk and Les Violons du Roy; J.S. Bach’s complete piano concertos with Alexandre Tharaud, both on Virgin Classics; and Haydn’s piano concertos with Marc-André Hamelin as soloist, released by Hyperion in April 2013.